Rape Victim Advocates wrote -
For over 40 years, our supporters have made it possible for thousands of survivors of sexual violence to transform their lives. Last year, Rape Victim Advocates provided services to over 20,000 survivors, loved ones, students ranging in age from 5 to 21, parents, teachers, law enforcement, hospital personnel, other professionals and community members. Thanks to our donors, RVA ensured that no survivor was ever alone and that every survivor was treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
The unprecedented State of Illinois budget crisis has threatened significant funding that enables us to be there when survivors of sexual violence need us most. Our ability to provide services is impacted. Yet we are trying to do everything possible to maintain our current level of service to sexual assault survivors. RVA is now at a critical juncture and needs your support today.
We want you to hear a survivor’s words about how RVA has impacted her life-
RVA helped me find meaning in life. RVA helped me to believe in myself. And RVA helped me start living. I received an amazing gift from RVA – they believed my story and they believed in ME. I felt respected; I felt worthy – for the first time in my life. I am so grateful to my RVA counselor for guiding me on my healing journey. And I am so grateful to RVA for offering their services at no charge to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. ~Martha
We hope that Martha's words will resonate with your heart. RVA’s goal is to ensure that no survivor is ever alone. Survivors like Martha. Survivors who could be your family, your neighbors, your friends or your colleagues. Your support of Rape Victim Advocates will enable us to weather the state budget crisis and provide the effective, dependable, quality services all survivors deserve.
Travel for one volunteer to and from an emergency room where they will provide essential information, advocacy and emotional support at any time, day or night.
One ticket to RVA’s annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, on June 9th at Morgan Manufactuing. Funds raised support survivors.
One police training session to ensure that law enforcement treat survivors with dignity, respect and compassion.
Age-appropriate Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education books on safe and unsafe touch.
Facilitation of five support group sessions for survivors so they can break the isolation and heal together.
One 56-hour training for 30 new volunteer who commit to being on call 24 hours/month to support sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in an emergency room.
One year’s worth of new clothing for survivors in the emergency room to wear home if their clothing was taken as evidence as part of the rape kit.
Join RVA as we say NO MORE and stand against sexual violence. Join RVA as we try to raise $100,000. Join RVA so we can be here tomorrow for Martha and other survivors.